July 31-- Jul. 31--With nearly 800 square miles of forested and mountainous wilderness, North Cascades National Park provides a wondrous view of rugged nature. But for generations, something has been missing from the park's natural state -- grizzly bears.

Estimates are that the park's grizzly population consists of about 10 bears, and the federal government is considering proposals to repopulate the giant predator in the region.

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